March 31, 2002 |
A tornado blew through a small Central Texas community Saturday, damaging houses and injuring at least four people, authorities said. The storm cut a wide swath east of Thornton, said Aubrey Briggs, mayor pro tem of the city of about 500 people about 35 miles east of Waco. "It missed the city. It was pretty widespread and pretty destructive," Briggs said. "My sister-in-law saw it. She said it was just a red cloud. It must have been sucking dirt out of the ground."
November 18, 2001 |
The deadly storms that battered Texas caused widespread flooding and tornado damage, but the effect was not all negative. The region's stricken water supplies have been dramatically boosted. "When we have rain like this, it's good news for us," said Margaret Garcia, a spokeswoman for the Edwards Aquifer Authority. "It means the aquifer will go up and be healthy when we start the new year." San Antonio relies entirely on the Edwards Aquifer for its water.
November 16, 2001 |
Storms packing heavy rain and tornadoes swept through Central Texas on Thursday and were blamed for the deaths of at least three people whose vehicles were swept from roads by flood waters. About 15,000 homes lost power in Austin, rains flooded businesses in a downtown area and cars were left strewn about as waters receded. Portions of Interstate 35 near Buda were backed up after an 18-wheeler overturned. Street flooding also was reported in San Antonio.
July 2, 2001 |
As a longtime Houston-area resident, Beanie Rowland is something of a mosquito expert. But nothing prepared her for the swarms that descended on her rural home after Tropical Storm Allison. "These aren't ordinary mosquitoes," she said. "These are terrible. . . . You think they might come and carry you away." For weeks, people along the Gulf Coast have been living in misery as mosquitoes have hatched by the millions in flood waters left by the storm.
June 23, 2001 |
Tetanus worries, hordes of mosquitoes and well water contaminated with E. coli spurred health officials to action in the watery aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison. So far, potential outbreaks have been avoided. The city health department had administered 7,800 tetanus shots to residents with wounds who trudged through flood waters contaminated with sewage. Mosquitoes, whose populations boomed in the watery stew, can spread encephalitis and other viruses to humans.
June 18, 2001
Tropical Storm Allison, which killed at least 18 people in Texas and Louisiana, may also have had a serious effect on medical research. Flooding at the Texas Medical Center south of Houston killed at least 32,500 research animals, mostly mice and rats. Their loss, along with the destruction of scientific records and lab specimens, will put a big dent in international medical research, said Dr. Ralph D. Feigin, president of the Baylor College of Medicine.